Once you learn how to ride a bike, you forget everything that goes into the whole process. How to balance. The right speed. Getting the pedal just right for the first push off. The nervous feeling right before you're going to try and ride. The happiness of finally learning how to do it.
Its the same concept when a photographer books a session for their own family portraits. You've done so many shoots that you already know the answers to most of your clients' questions. What time of day? Where? What should I wear? What about props? BUT…then you book your own shoot. Wait. What time of day? Where should we go? What should we wear? You totally forget all of those answers.
I had my great friend Gilda Anderson take our family portraits. I think we changed the time a couples of time. When I say we, I mean me. I did know where I wanted to go so at least I had that going for me. I totally dropped the ball when it came to what to wear. It totally overwhelmed me so I just chose not to think about it. Before I knew it, I really had no options.
Then the day of came. Anyone with kids knows they're the wildcard. Even the best behaved kids have off days. Odds are that the off day is going to be the one that you hire someone to capture how much you all love each other. Let me tell you how we handled that one… My husband and I told them that these were very important to mommy and that if they didn't behave I would probably flip out then I had a glass of wine as we walked out the door. The wine was the ticket.
Gilda did a great job. Every photographer is different. I hope that when you look at my pics you can see my point of view. How I see what is unfolding in front of me. The biggest challenge for me was to not to try and take control and impose my style onto Gilda's. Her biggest challenge was probably editing because I am SO not photogenic.
Thank you, Gilda, my girl!